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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get a human rights internship?

For a step-by-step breakdown of how to get an internship in human rights, see our Jobs & Internship Guide.

If you’re an undergraduate student, consider taking Glos 3402: Human Rights Internship (Note: Glos 3401: International Human Rights Law is a prerequisite).  As part of the internship class, you will be given the opportunity to choose an internship site from a wide variety of human rights organizations in the Twin Cities. You will also study the major issues currently facing human rights professionals.

2. What kinds of jobs can I get in human rights?

Students who have majored in Global Studies with a concentration in human rights have gone on to pursue graduate school in a variety of disciplines, to work in government positions, and to work in non-profit organizations, locally and internationally.

Students who have completed the graduate human rights minor hold teaching positions at universities both in the United States and in other countries, some have gone on to work in human rights, humanitarian, and international development non-profit organizations, and some work for the United States government.

See the Our Students page for more information about where particular students are working. See also our Job & Internship Guide and our Career Resources page for more information about how to get a human rights job or internship.

3. How can I get involved in human rights on campus?

There are several academic programs and student organizations focusing on human rights at every level of study here at the U. Click here to see a list of registered student groups on campus. A range of student groups, including Amnesty International and World Without Genocide, are active in human rights work. Visit the front page of the Human Rights Program website for upcoming events. Consider also contacting the Human Rights Program, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Center in the Law School, and/or the Program in Human Rights in Health directly about volunteer opportunities.

Click here to sign up for the Human Rights Program newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter features updates about human rights ideas and action on campus and in the greater Twin Cities area.

4. Is there an undergraduate major in human rights?

Currently, there is no undergraduate major in human rights at the University of Minnesota. However, you can fulfill the concentration in human rights within the Global Studies major, or you can take several human rights courses in a variety of disciplines. View the Undergraduate Opportunities page for more information.

5. How do I learn about a specific human rights issue?

Visit the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library. This comprehensive database includes human rights treaties, other issue- and region-specific materials, and links to numerous other sources of information on human rights.

The Human Rights Program also has developed a Resources page, which includes a research guide and links to a number of human rights organizations’ websites.

6. Why should I study human rights at the University of Minnesota?

The University of Minnesota is the Human Rights University, featuring the Human Rights Program, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Center in the Law School, and the Program in Human Rights in Health. The U is also home to the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, a network of 56 member organizations working on human rights issues in the heartland. Both undergraduate and graduate students have the unique opportunity to pursue in-depth coursework and real-world experience in human rights during their time at the U. Faculty and students are deeply committed to human rights work, pushing the limits of human rights theory and engaging in human rights activism in the Twin Cities and around the world.

7. Will I have time to complete the graduate minor in human rights will all of my other graduate coursework?

Yes. Every year, students finish their graduate or professional degree coursework in addition to the human rights minor on time. Most programs build in space for students to complete minors.